Comic Book: Loki: Agent of Asgard

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Loki: Agent of Asgard is as it sounds: the continuing adventures of everyone's favourite God of Chaos, Loki, as written by Al Ewing. Only now those adventures involve doing wet-work for the All-Mothers of Asgard, in exchange for his freedom and the chance of redemption. The twist is that this time, Loki really, really, really means it. But the problem with having a past like Loki's is that sooner or later, it's going to catch up with you.

Because this book is part of the Thor family, all characters from this series can be found here

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    Tropes A-D 
  • Actually a Doombot: Discussed in issue 6. Doom himself notes that his Doombots have given him the perfect out if he's ever defeated or acts "unworthy of myself" - everyone just assumes it was a robot.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Old! Loki claims that he succeeded in escaping the role of "God of Evil"...but went right back into it after ten years of being reminded he was still the God of Lies.
  • Ambiguously Bi: When Loki and Verity catch Sigurd retrieving his sword from Loki's apartment, we get this exchange:
    Sigurd: But I swear - I will make it up to you. Especially you. I'm thinking dinner, a little dancing, see what happens...
    Verity: Sorry, what? Are you talking to me?
    Loki: Not necessarily.
  • Animal Motifs: Magpies became Loki's. Fits with the portent (The guy is trouble, and bad news. Odin even hears "Thunder, and the laughter of magpies" in issue #4 of the Original Sin tie-in (The Tenth Realm), when Thor and Loki need him), thief and conman interpretations. He even plays on it like in All-New Marvel Now! Point One, making "magpie" the "safeword" for Agent Coulson after tricking him. In issue #3, Old!Loki turns into a magpie as part of his plan to create Gram.
  • Arc Words:
  • Ascended Meme: During the Original Sin tie-in issues, Old!Loki is referred to as Old!Loki, as he is on this very page.
  • Badass Boast: King Loki gives Loki one after Loki runs him through with Gram:
    King Loki: I saw the effect and then built the cause! I saw the story and then wrote the origin! That's who I am!
  • Bad Future: Judging by what's shown in issue 6, this is where Old!Loki really comes from - a future in which Midgard is a barren, blasted wasteland. He might not be lying and Asgard lives a new golden age... but it comes with a price Thor would not pay willingly.
  • Bag of Holding: Old! Loki's can hold anything from a rocket launcher to a small mountain of gold.
  • Batman Gambit: Gram owes its origin to a truly ludicrous gambit on the part of Old!Loki, which in turn is part of an even bigger gambit.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Issue #11, Loki uses this against Frigga, pointing out that him going back to his old ways was exactly what she wanted, and that's exactly what she's got, Loki the villain, hated and distrusted by all of Asgard.
  • Berserk Button: Odin actually admitting he loves Thor and Loki for Old!Loki, who angrily yells that he never said that to him.
  • Be Yourself: Odin's admittedly very cryptic advice in issue #11 seems to allude to this, with things like he should be worthy of his own power and not his brother's. This also says that Odin knows what Loki did on the moon in Axis, and isn't that impressed. This gets heavier in issue #12: If he is telling the truth, Old!Loki has fallen because he couldn't reconcile what he thought to be his nature as "God of Lies" with his redemption which combined with weapons grade projecting made him hate the world even more.
  • Big Bad: Old!Loki. And as of issue #4, the All-Mother. Possibly.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Old!Loki and Mephisto are evil, everybody else varying degrees of jerkass. Closest thing to good people here are Verity, and Thor, who is way too nice (and impulsive) to be in this series.
  • Blah Blah Blah: When Sigurd overhears Loki telling Verity about his plan in #4, it's represented as "Rhubarb rhubarb [relevant word] rhubarb".
  • Blatant Lies: During Verity's speed-dating attempts, one man tries to claim Roxxon is a charity.
  • Blessed with Suck: Verity Willis can see through lies. All lies, every lie. She can't even enjoy a book or a film because she lacks suspension of disbelief.
  • Break Them by Talking: Old!Loki to Loki, Evil Gloating included.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Loki is much happier at home playing video games, trolling the neighbourhood (or the internet probably), and having fun in general, than going on missions or such. Sadly for him this isn't that kind of comic.
  • Call Back:
    • During issue #3, Loki notes he has developed a fondness for the way humans prepare meat, something that came up occasionally in Young Avengers.
    • In the Original Sin tie-in mini Thor also acknowledges the fact that since Young Avengers Loki is frequently found in eateries.
    • Magneto's brief appearance in issue #7 has him quoting something he said all the way back in X-Men issue 16.
    • In issue #11, Sif notes the time Loki possessed her.
    • Old!Loki brings up Loki's dealings with Mother, and what he did to Wiccan and Hulking in the same issue, telling Verity about them.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Loki, to Frigga in issue #11, for her treatment of him. She lashes out and banishes him for it.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Loki after the inversion is undone can't take falsehoods, not even benign ones or jokes. He is not literally unable to tell them but all come out incredibly weak and he feels so bad about them that he corrects himself immediately. He theorizes that this is either an after effect of the inversion, or being in the middle of the truth wave, or maybe he is just sick and tired of untruths or some combination of these. This prompts him to be suicidally honest with Verity and Thor.
    • And in issue #11, Old!Loki calls him on it, and how he never told Verity about all the things he did before meeting her.
  • The Caper: Several. A casino robbery by Lorelei, which Loki infiltrated; Loki and his friends breaking in Asgardia to "Save Sigurd" or actually check out the most secure cell.
  • Caper Crew: When Loki isn't working alone. It's currently also a Five-Man Band:
    • The Leader: Loki (The Master Mind, The Hacker, The Conman, The Pickpocket)
    • The Lancer: Thor (The Distraction, The Inside Man)
    • The Smart Guy: Verity (The Coordinator, The Hacker (if it's illusions))
    • The Big Guy: Sigurd The Ever-Glorious (The Muscle, The Inside Man)
    • The Chick: Lorelei (The Burglar, The Roper)
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Old! Loki, which is why the Sword of Truth doesn't even faze him.
  • Charm Person: Both Amora's and Lorelei's signature spell. Seen for example at the Speed Dating episode when Lorelei robs a guy. Also if you look closely when Heroic!Loki agrees to Inverted!Amora's plan in issue #9 there are some mostly green magic sparkles around his eyes indicating that someone is manipulating him.
  • Cloning Gambit: Loki isn't really Loki, he's a copy of the original Loki's personality, in Kid!Loki's body, made as the original Loki's Get Out of Jail Free card. However, due to the way he was created, he's inherited some of Kid!Loki's goodness, and isn't the same as the original Loki. He feels guilt, for one thing.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Loki doesn't need equipment to be formidable, but having some can't hurt, right? Right! As of issue #9 he has 3 pieces of invisibility granting clothing (cloak, pendant, belt), and a pair of Seven League Boots, which allow him to walk on any surface.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Verity for Loki's trickster ("NO!", "What were you thinking?") and Pungeon Master ("Shut Up!") tendencies.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Both played straight and subverted with magic. Every spellcaster's power has its own color, like Doom's is light blue, unfortunately Lorelei's is blue too; Amora's is green, as is Loki's (Both Lokis' albeit the old one's can verge into yellow), which can make distinguishing between them kind of hard and defeats the purpose of the trope, but given the nature of this series this might be the point.
  • Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Considering the belief that the comic came about as a bit of corporate synergy at Marvel due to Loki's popularity in the films (note the lineup of Avengers he meets in Issue 1 is the exact same lineup of the movie,) it only makes sense that they would borrow Loki's likeness from Tom Hiddleston.
  • The Con: As Loki himself said, there is always a Con going on somewhere, even if this wasn't what the asker meant. For example the one to get Sigurd in Asgardia as a preparation for the later caper. Yes. Loki conned Mephisto.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Loki uses that unpleasantness involving Thor's DNA and Iron Man to momentarily distract the Avengers.
    • The reason Old!Loki managed to sneak into Thor is because he was already weak after a recent run in with Malekith in The Mighty Thor. That run-in is also the reason Loki snuck in on behalf of the All-Mother.
    • Cul, brother of Odin, appears in a flashback, which proves true his claim of being Odin's predecessor.
      • Cul later appears in Asgard, revealed when Loki frees Odin from his self-exile. On the way home afterwards, what does Loki tell Thor under her breath?
    • During his attempted infiltration of Loki's apartment, Sigurd is noted as wearing clothing from Cortex Sportif.
    • In issue #6, we see Latveria recovering from a scuffle between Doctor Doom and the Invisible Woman from Fantastic Four Annual.
    • A continuity nod not in Loki: Agent of Asgard, but directly of it. In Mighty Avengers #8 (a series also written by Al Ewing), Power Man is trying to send messages to some of his fellow teen super heroes from an underwater base with bad reception. One of the replies makes it through. Loki's, who was in the middle of Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 when he replied to the message.
    "Hi Vic! Sorry, got hands full :-("
    "OF 1000000000 EUROS!!!! 8-O ha ha!"
    "Anyway am holding up casino right now but hope Ava better soon. HUGS. —L"
  • Cool Sword: Gram, which used to belong to Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious), as piercing as truth itself. Most of the wounds it inflicts aren't fatal, because the truth usually just hurts. Old!Loki had a large hand in its convoluted creation.
  • Determinator: Loki , at least the young one. He came too far, sacrificed too much, did what he had to do (even if he regretted it later) for this chance to Screw Destiny.
    Freya: He will come to his senses in time.
    Odin: No. Not that one. He'll not go quietly into any box you build for him.
  • Did You Actually Believe?: Old!Loki to Loki when he stabs him with Gram. A sword designed to reveal the truth doesn't work on someone who's honest about who and what they are.
  • Distressed Dude:
    • Subverted with Sigurd. Him being imprisoned in the dungeons of Asgardia was planned so that he could act as the inside man.
    • End of issue #11 sees Loki becoming one.
  • The Dividual: The All-Mother is a triumvirate of Frigga, Gaea and Idunn. Frigga usually speaks for all three, though on occasion Gaea and Idunn raise doubts and concerns about what exactly they're doing (Gaea asking Old!Loki about what became of Earth in his future, Idunn objecting to Sigurd being thrown in a dungeon). They have a vague Hecate Sisters theme going on (Idunn being the maiden, Frigga the mother, and Gaea the crone... well, slightly older mother).
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Loki doesn't usually use them. He prefers his own methods.
    "What? NO! Why would I use a gun?"
  • Dragon Hoard: Old! Loki steals the gold hoard of a shapeshifter, who places a truth curse on it with his dying breath. This curse physically transforms the man it ends up with into a dragon, reflecting his greedy inner self.

    Tropes E-L 
  • Epic Fail: Somehow Hawkeye is so bad at video games that he manages to get the army after him, and has no health while he's falling out of a plane. He's playing a fishing simulator.
  • Escape Artist: Loki claims that he is the bona fide expert on escaping from Cool And Unusual Punishments, especially those by Odin. With his track record we're inclined to believe him.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Nobody thinks Old!Loki's jokes are funny except himself, while our protagonist's humor is groan-worthy and punny but at least not mean spirited (his heroic version oddly doesn't seem to really have a sense of humor at all).
  • Fanservice: The book is dripping with it, both the typical (such as the second panel of the first issue being Loki naked in the shower,) and the non-sexual kind.
  • Fan Disservice: Issue #11 ends with Loki bond and gagged to a chair, shirtless. What makes this a disservice? His future self, King Loki, magically puts him in such a position. Extra points for Loki's arm being broken, meaning that just moving his arm would be extremely painful.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Lorelei robs a man and makes him hand over his wallet while he just grins and shrugs. Justified, as a) she's using magic to mess with his head and b) it's Marvel's New York.
    "Ehh, it's New York. I mean, I was mugged by the Eel last week, y'know?"
  • The Fatalist: The All-Mother. They perceived Old!Loki's appearance as a godsend as it fit their belief of everything will be as destined, they also imply this about the other Asgardians. And then Old!Loki even told them what they wanted to hear... They lectured young Loki on the benefits of Freedom from Choice, but he was always designated as villain so he totally didn't buy it.
  • Fetch Quest: Loki had to go on one before the series began, fetching the keys to open the box containing Gram from all manner of places (outer space, the Red Skull's pocket, the Braddock Academy, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.) The last one is given to him by Thor as an act of trust. And this was a fetch quest in a fetch quest, since he needed the sword to cure Thor of a nasty case of possession.
  • First-Person Smartass: The issues where Loki himself narrates, like the first.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Loki's The Wizard and I rendition places him as both Elphaba and the Wizard, so hero and villain (which turned out to be true), child of the villain and father of the hero (yeah, metaphorically at least), woman and man (see: gender bender); and so forth. That play also goes suddenly crashing and burning around the end of the first act, is notoriously mocking of the idea of Black and White Morality, and... you know what? Just go and read up on Wicked (or even Wicked), and enjoy your very own forest of Epileptic Trees.
    • The fact that Old!Loki uses a bazooka to kill Andvari is a hint that this might not be the Loki that was, given the Original Loki's disdain for mortals.
    • Andvari's death curse in issue #3, that gave Gram its truth revealing powers, explicitly specified that it's to "force truth upon all! So all will know" Loki's foul deeds (murder and theft). Lo and behold issue #10 and #11, impressive even counting in that the wrong theft and murder, not to mention Loki, got revealed.
  • Freudian Excuse: As lampshaded by Valeria and Loki in issue #7:
    Verity: What makes hate easy?
    Valeria: Mommy and daddy.
    Loki: Harsh! But yes.
  • Fun with Acronyms: This series has the official acronym Loki:AoA which is pretty unassuming, but what AoA is can change depending on the issue:
  • Future Me Scares Me: Loki feels this way about Old!Loki.
  • Gambit Pileup: The All-Mother has plans, as does Loki, Old!Loki, Odin, and who the heck knows who else.
  • Gender Bender: Loki can be a lady, when he so chooses. Loki specifically states "I can turn into anything, as long as it's me." Any shape he takes, he considers to be another facet of himself, to the point where Old!Loki has a habit of occasionally referring to himself as a girl. On top of that, author Al Ewing has described him as being genderfluid. Odin even calls him "my child who is both" while referencing his son and daughter.
  • Genre-Busting: This is a Super Anti-Hero, Spy Fiction and/or Criminal Procedural comic about stories.
  • Genre Savvy: Loki, Old!Loki, Verity, Sigurd... really, most of the characters. The funniest instance is in the first issue:
    Thor: Tell me, is there time for a drink before you make your inevitable escape?
  • Gone Horribly Right or Wrong: If Old!Loki is to be believed, this happened to create him in his timeline. He succeeded in rewriting his past and redeeming himself... except for the "sin" of being himself. (It actually can come more off as him doing this to himself, though.)
  • Good Costume Switch: Heroic!Loki's costume still has the traditional green and gold, but also a lot of white, and switches horns for wings on his helmet/circlet. Maybe it's Evil Costume Switch though, depending on your opinion which one of them is better (or at least less annoying).
  • Groin Attack: Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) is reasonably convinced that if he ends up in Valhalla, the Valkyrie are going to remove Little Sigurd.
  • Gut Punch: You'll see this series called light-hearted, which was true at the beginning (the creeping shadows were there though), then it reached the end of issue #9 and this page grew a Tear Jerker subpage.
  • Hate Plague: In issue #6 and 7, courtesy of the Red Skull. But what counters hate better than truth? Well, in the case of Doom, apparently delusions also work.
  • Hero of Another Story: Sigurd the Ever-Glorious, first legend of Asgard and hero of some of its greatest. Although the narration points out a more accurate title would be the Sometimes-Glorious. He's got some issues.
  • Homage:
  • How We Got Here:
    • The 1st issue begins with Loki stabbing Thor through the chest with a sword, and a voiceover of him saying "I know what I'm doing." The rest of the issue is dedicated to explaining why Loki's doing it.
    • The 9th issue opens with Loki beaten up on the moon, with the rest of the issue being a flashback about the things leading up to this.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Sigurd inverts the trope namer ("I'm actually left handed"), although not the trope itself. Loki tries to retort that he's seen that same movie, and gets kicked out a window for it.
  • "I Can't Look" Gesture: Old!Loki covers his eyes and proclaims that he can't bear to watch, when Loki attempts to lift Mjölnir. The thing is obviously an act as he is still looking, not to mention laughing his ass off.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Inverted Amora justifies her actions an awful lot this way basically making it her version of Never My Fault. Heroic!Loki goes along with this but clearly has doubts and is uncomfortable.
  • I Die Free: Kid!Loki did if you ask Teen!Loki. Yes, he thinks that being forced to become Old!Loki or even him, is a form of narrative slavery and a Fate Worse Than Death.
  • I Have Many Names: Loki has, albeit he generally doesn't use them, but the omen delivered by one of Odin's crows in issue #11 began like this:
    O nobly born. (Listen well.) Trickster. Shapeshifter. Tamer of monsters. Moon king and wanderer.
    I am the echo of a scream. I am the magpie who whispers. I'm the crime that will not be forgiven.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Most of the fight between Heroic!Loki and Villainous!Thor consisted of the heroic one trying to get through to the other by talking.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: During issue 6, two Latverians are talking, and the one effected by the Red Skull's hate plague complains that there's no freedom of religion in Latveria, then immediately grumbles about there being a mosque in Latveria, much to his friend's confusion.
  • Inconvenient Summons: The All-Mothers have a bad habit of calling on Loki when he's trying to relax, or socialise with people, or in the shower...
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Many. Loki's sense of humor is very punny and other's aren't so far behind. Some highlights:
    • 'The wheel of rein carnations', courtesy of Mephisto after tricking Sigurd into signing his contract.
    • Old!Loki describing himself to Verity as her 'Best Friend's Forever'.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Sigurd is almost never just Sigurd, but Sigurd the Ever-Glorious or when the narration feels snarky Sigurd the Sometimes-Glorious.
    • Loki states he liberated his seven league boots from the Ljosalafar of Alfheim.
  • Insubstantial Ingredients: Gram is made of meta-l. A death curse combined with greed, a physical sword forged for revenge, bound by story logic and made to last with the metaphysical weight of true legends.
  • I Resemble That Remark: In issue 1, Thor says that Loki created "a most terrible slash" upon the Internet. Loki says that's not the right word, but it's still true.
  • It's All About Me: King Loki believes this of himself and the younger model, sarcastically asking if he ever stopped to note Verity's lack of other friends.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While being unyielding, rude and cruel in issue #9 Odin also seems kind of disappointed in Heroic!Loki opting to go with Amora and not protecting his friends, and berates him that he will never really grow and truly change as long he lacks humility, which prompts him to get out some of his old Guile Hero.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Loki's actions from the end of Journey Into Mystery finally hit home in issue 10, but by then, Loki's changed, and is honestly trying to be better. Which just makes what happens worse.
  • Kick the Dog: Old!Loki telling poor Verity all the evil Loki committed in an attempt to destroy their friendship. Only that little spoiler makes it not a case of Kick the Morality Pet.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Loki isn't above the odd bit of theft to get the job done. Or really, because he can.
    • It's how he acquired most of the keys to the box containing Sigurd's sword, including stealing one from the Red Skull. Without the now-telepathic villain noticing.
    • Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) steals a invisibility belt from A.I.M. in order to get to Loki. Loki then steals the belt from him.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Sigurd the Ever-Glorious, if Amora's self-righteous and jealousy-fuelled rant directed at Lorelei is to believed.
  • Ladyland: The Tenth Realm is inhabited entirely by misandric and fringe-free-market-capitalist angels. Luckily, Loki has a way around that one.
  • Large Ham: When Old!Loki starts off on his explanation of what, exactly, is going on:
    Old!Loki: You think I'm the Loki that was?! Dolt! Simpleton! I am what will be! I am the destiny you run from — but will never escape! Because nobody else wants you to! I am King Loki! I am your future! I am YOU!... and I am dreadfully prone to histrionics. Do excuse me.
  • Laughably Evil: Old!Loki rivals the Joker when he feels like it. He can go demented Bugs Bunny, Catch Phrases and apparent Toon Physics included.
  • Lemony Narrator: It's Al Ewing. Those captions (and the recap page) can get quite strange.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The title of issue #4. Someone in this comic's creative team might be a troper.
  • Literal Metaphor: Loki escapes from Dr Doom with Verity's aid. Or to put it another way, the truth set him free.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: That Villain Episode mentioned? That's (one of) the inspiration(s) for the Saga of the Volsungs in the Marvel universe.
  • Living Lie Detector: Verity can infallibly tell when someone is lying, has no patience for any form of fiction, and can even see through high-level illusions. If done carefully enough, she isn't immune to lies by omission, like what Loki pulled when doing the caper. She sarcastically congratulates him for that feat in issue #6.
  • Loophole Abuse: No spell, hook or net can hold Andvari, so Old!Loki just shoots him with a rocket launcher.

    Tropes M-R 
  • Magically Binding Contract: Mephisto tries to trick Sigurd to sign one in blood, but Loki switched it out with his own.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Apparently Old!Loki's mission - he deliberately tampered with Thor and Angela's first meeting to make it come out worse than it did in his history. Of course, now that he's changed one thing, other changes are happening too, some of which are better than the history he remembers.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Verity dubs Amora the Enchantress Heteronormativa behind her back as an insult.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Old!Loki, in spades.
  • Master of Illusion: Loki uses his magic this way most. Like making Bruce Banner look like himself for distraction, or disguising himself as a middle aged man looking for love while Speed Dating.
  • Mathematician's Answer:
    • When asked if he's dressed for a con, Loki just responds with "There's always a con going on."
    • When the All-Mother asks Old!Loki what happens to Midgard in his future, he just responds "T'was governed most perfectly. By my reckoning." Issue 6 shows why he worded it this way: The future is a barren, desolate wasteland that he refers to as "The end of all things."
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Medium Awareness: Old!Loki gets bored in his cell in issue #3 and walks off-panel. And in issue #12 jumps out of it and sits a bit around in the space between panels.
  • Meta Fiction: Carries on the tradition from Journey Into Mystery. Loki's struggles to avoid falling back into his old role as a villain is a commentary on the fact that characters in fiction, and comic books in particular, tend to return to a familiar status quo, and it is very rare and difficult for them to truly change in any meaningful way since fans and future writers will often want to revert the characters. The All-Mothers' desire for a known and familiar future for Asgard at the expense of Loki's new life underscores this theme. Loki will have to fight for his new characterization both in the story itself, and outside it, as fans of villainous Loki want him to go back to his old ways.
  • Mood Whiplash: In a meta sense: the same month things went From Bad to Worse for Loki, he also appeared in Ms. Marvel (2014) to hand out hilariously bad romantic advice to teenagers.
  • Moral Event Horizon: An In-Universe one that Loki believes of himself. Technically, happened back in Journey Into Mystery, but a major element of Loki's characterisation: he cannot forget that he has committed a "crime that will not be forgiven."
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Young Loki is still Loki; a proud, thieving, manipulative, lazy etc. trickster but without most of the envy that characterized past Loki, with a Guilt Complex that acts as a (let's face it pretty screwed up) moral compass, and a less destructive outlet for his ambitions (screwing destiny not taking over the nine realms). In contrast our main villain Old!Loki is also pretty much all of this without any of the redeeming qualities except the lost envy, that he still seems to have.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Verity, as much as being a Living Lie Detector counts as muggle, to Loki. The comic even calls her a Possible BFF, and his Best and Only Friend even if many people mistake them for a couple. They aren't. As far as we know. But the He Is Not My Boyfriend reactions are certainly very suspicious.
  • Muggles Do It Better: In Issue 3 Old!Loki, as part of a Batman Gambit, goes to steal the horde of the giant fish Andvari, who is so strong and slippery that "neither hook nor net nor magic could land him". Old!Loki decides to instead use a rocket launcher and take his gold that way.
    Innkeeper: B-but where did you get such a gold-hoard, old one?
  • Naked People Are Funny: When Loki escapes from S.H.I.E.L.D. custody during his quest to attain the keys for Gram's container, he takes the time to strip Agent Coulson while placing him in the cell Loki had just been put in. He also gives him a safeword for no discernible reason, except to make the scene more of a Ho Yay fodder than it already is.
  • Named Weapon / Public Domain Artifact:
    • Gram the Sword of Truth / the Hero's Blade (most of its powers aren't myth accurate though.)
    • Laevateinn (Which is apparently Loki's Ancestral Weapon, see also Unfortunate Names)
  • Nested Story:
    • Most of issue #2 consists of Loki telling the story of his current assignment to Verity.
    • And issue #12 of Old!Loki telling his story to Loki.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • The aforementioned Thor/Angela fight went just according to plan. Until Teen!Loki brought Odin into it, so making them meet prematurely ultimately resulted in averting a bloody Angel-Asgardian war.
    • Also, Old!Loki's manipulations cause Odin to admit he does love Thor and Loki, changing history again.
  • Oh, Crap: Hawkeye aims for Loki, and manages to instead hit Bruce Banner. Things quickly escalate.
  • Old Flame: Lorelei, sister of Amora the Enhantress (they don't get along), former paramour of Thor (via sorcery) and Loki (sans sorcery).
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, during the creation of Gram, for there is a man named Fafnir who turns into a giant dragon, but is not the same as the other Fafnir Thor has encountered, though his death does cause the origin of the other. "Fafnir is in many", as the narration states.
  • Only in It for the Money: The Angels believe in fair trade, which means honor and such things don't mean anything for them. They perceived it as a betrayal when Odin took issue with their, you know, doing the financially logical thing and changing sides to the highest bidder.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Old!Loki, who has Story-Breaker Power, and the benefits of foreknowledge, but no real inclination to use it for anything more than trolling. For the moment, he's quite content to kick back in his cell. An explanation for this could be that he is (allegedly) a time traveller, and when he actually messes with the present it could very well derail it into something different or even better than what he remembers and potentially destroy him. He becomes more active in issue #11, which isn't a good thing.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: There are currently three versions of Loki in the story: Old!Loki, teen-Loki, and his conscience in the form of Kid!Loki. They don't get along.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Averted with Andvari, a dwarf who turned himself into a giant magic-proof pike to protect his gold.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: And how. OK first things first: in the Marvel universe "gods don't have history, they have a story", so the way Old!Loki travels in time looks more or less Wormhole Time Travel done Medium Awareness style. He walks out of the panel into the "draft of the story" and then walks back in a different panel in a different part of the story... does this mean he is actually Intrepid Fictioneering his own tale?
  • Out-Gambitted: Mephisto tricks Sigurd into signing a contract that condemns Sigurd to an eternity of punishment (and bad puns), only to find he's been played by Loki.
  • Overly Long Gag: The Room Full of Incredibly Deadly Traps.
  • Pac Man Fever: The shooter Loki plays in issue #4 looks positively retro (16bit tops) despite the console looking current for the most part. But then again it gave him an opportunity to shoot the All-Mother in the face, when they chose to manifest through it.
    Loki: Well, this is certainly therapeutic.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Old!Loki while watching Thor and Angela fight.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Old!Loki is kept in a cell that has no doors and is stated to be the "most secure one in Asgardia", but he still can literally walk out any time he wants, he just doesn't want to.
  • Poisonous Friend: Inverted!Amora to Heroic!Loki. If she wasn't there he would question himself sooner and wouldn't give up two of his friends to Asgardian justice. She is just so utterly convinced of her own righteousness it's hard to say no to her.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Young Loki very much; he is easily the most pop-cultured Asgardian, who are by definition badass. Actually this makes him the perfect agent for them on Midgard, as he would use information sources no other Asgardian would think of (or touch), like newspapers (yes, they are that out of the loop), TV or the internet.
  • Post-Modern Magik: Loki likes to mix magic and technology because magic is "telling a story the universe believes" and "technology is very gullible". So he boosts his cell-reception, hacks the internet and whatnot by magic regularly. Other magically inclined characters aren't averse to technology either, the All-Mothers even manifested through his videogame once.
  • Pretty Boy: Hawkeye outright says the new teen-Loki looks One-Direction-y. Old Loki has mockingly compared him to a girl more than once.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Asgardians and the Angels, albeit their philosophies can't be more different. Except both are prone to Revenge Before Reason.
  • Redemption Quest: What Loki is aiming for... sort of cluelessly. Like thinking he can still get away with his sins, or that it'll work without introspection, redefining himself, making amends and sincere apologizing. Old!Loki is the result of this approach.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Surrounded by The Avengers and looking decidedly guilty of something, Loki takes his only remaining option: He tells the complete and unvarnished truth.
  • Rejected Apology: Throughout issue 10, Loki is trying to apologise to Thor for killing Kid!Loki and taking his body. Thor refuses to listen.
  • Ret Canon: Apparently the Hulk has told the Avengers that he's always angry.
  • Retroactive Preparation: Old!Loki travels back in time to create Gram after being impressed by it in the present.
  • Rousing Speech: Loki starts one when leading the war-fleet of the Tenth Realm to Asgard, only to quickly turn it against them instead.
  • Running Gag: Loki's new Pretty Boy form is repeatedly compared to One Direction. In the first issue, Hawkeye says that he looks a little "One Direction-y." In the next issue, Loki claims he's had to move his apartment because he keeps getting mistaken for Harry Styles. And in the ninth, Sabretooth actually uses it as his callsign.

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  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In issue #7, Valeria is trying to explain to Verity how she's going to save Loki from Doom's time trap. When she's asked to give it in Layman's Terms, she explains that her device will go "ping" and the trap will go "vwoorp". Sure enough, those are the exact sounds they make.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Loki, according to Lorelei.
  • Secret Keeper: Mephisto knows exactly what happened to Kid!Loki. He's impressed.
  • Sense Freak: Loki is a pretty downplayed example, but it's still implied, or in case of food outright stated, that he finds Midgardian food/customs/media/etc. more varied and exciting. We don't know if this is a compliment to Earth or insult to Asgard.
  • Shame If Something Happened: How the All-Mother gets Loki to go after Sigurd, by threatening to rescind his own freedom of movement.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shower Scene: In the first few pages, even! Female Gaze ensued.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Old!Loki's interactions with Loki has this in spades, issue #12 being the crescendo of it all.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Old!Loki is watching the series very closely from his cell.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: Lorelei and Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) weren't present for Ragnarok, which makes them impossible for Heimdall to find. One of Loki's tasks is to bring them back home, regardless of whatever opinions they have on the matter.
  • Smug Super: Loki's all new and heroic self after the Inversion in Axis seen in issue #8. He is selfless in intention but fails at empathy, which makes him unthinkingly hurt the people who care for him; has no self-doubts which makes him unbearably arrogant etc..
    • Old!Loki thinks it's hilarious, though. The narration points out that he didn't change one bit, which could foreshadow... Well, apparently that the inversion won't last long.
    • Odin even calls him out on this, with surprising results.
  • Speed Dating: Where he meets Verity. Emphasis on speed, being a Living Lie Detector means she "next"els everybody pretty much after one sentence.
  • Spit Take: Verity as Funny Background Event in issue #8 when Amora mentions that Lorelei hasn't bathed since "her last rut"
  • Stable Time Loop: Old Loki goes back in time to create the Sword of Truth after seeing it in the present day.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • Discussed in the first issue - Loki deletes the Avengers' computer files of his old self, as their stories have a metaphysical "weight" that could drag him back into being that person.
    • By contrast, this is exactly what Old!Loki wants out of life, though old habits die hard, and his meddling in the "Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm" tie-ins to Original Sin make life better than what he remembers, to his chagrin.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Loki's narration in the first issue discusses that Magic could be this if it weren't story powered, and just getting what you want does generally not good stories make, so he tries to avoid that by focusing on the needs of the narrative (and trying not to cast himself as the villain).
  • Super Cell Reception: Loki explicitly uses magic to boost his smartphone's reception, allowing Verity to remotely help him through a room of traps and illusions.
  • Temporal Mutability: This work seems to work with at least Rubber-Band History level time "softness", but considering that the villain intends to change history, and actually considers the possibility that he could have accidentally unmade his already established future by changing things in the series, implies even more time elasticity. There are obviously things that didn't happennote , or have analogues but went differentlynote  in Old!Loki's timeline.
  • Theory of Narrative Causality:
    • As long as the records and stories exist of what Past!Loki got up to, Loki will be drawn back to them. Since he's determined to have this Heel-Face Turn stick, he's out to erase those stories from existence.
    • And as it turns out, Doctor Doom subscribes to this theory as well, in his own fashion. As Doom puts it, if his story shall one day end, then it is a better story than Loki's.
  • Thicker Than Water:
    • In the Tenth Realm mini Angela is accepted immediately by her old family after her parentage came out and the Angels turned on her. And remember Odin and his children only knew she even existed/was alive for some days at that point!
    • Even after everyone else has turned on him, after what happened to Kid!Loki is revealed, Odin still cares for Loki, and tries to help him rather than blaming or attacking him.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The origins of Gram involve no small amount of time-travel.
  • Title Drop:
    • In All-New Marvel Now! Point One Teen!Loki calls himself Agent of Asgard.
    • In issue #5 Old!Loki announces himself as the Agent of Asgard, not Loki.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Thor in issue 1, but only temporarily. Because he's been infected by the essence of Old!Loki.
  • Trash Landing: A fight between Loki and Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) winds up with them beating each other up in a dumpster. Or not, as it turns out. Loki was just trying to fool the All-Mother.
  • Trauma Conga Line: If this isn't what Issues #10-12 are, I don't know what is.
    • Loki, god of lies, loses his ability to lie, Thor breaks his arm, one of his horns, and knocks out one of his teeth. He loses the respect of Asgard, his mother disowns him, his only friend in the world leaves him after she realizes just what he's done in his past, and this isn't mentioning everything King Loki does to him. No matter how you feel about what happened to kidLoki, the whole three issues just devoted to this are pretty severe.
  • Troll:
    • Loki waves to a man who's looking at an article about that episode of The Twilight Zone, while he's sitting on the wing of a plane.
    • The admittedly most terrible slashes on the internet generally also have roots in trollish tendencies.
    • Old!Loki as well, but in a far more mean-spirited sense.
  • Try Not to Die:
    Verity:...and try very, very hard not to die. Pretty please.
  • Unfortunate Names: Loki's backup sword is called Laevateinn. It means 'damage twig'. And that's mythologically accurate.
  • Unicorn: Heroic!Loki shapeshifts into one in issue #8, complete with sparkles and rainbows. This is a direct contradiction to issue #5 where he says he can only easily shapeshift if he remains himself... something is very wrong with him. Or maybe he lied.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Everything Old!Loki claims about the future should be taken not with a grain of salt but enough to cause hypernatremia.
  • Unsound Effect: During the fencing scene in the fourth issue. 'SWAPP' and 'ALSO SWAPP' indeed.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Thor after Loki confesses the murder of Kid!Loki.
  • Up to Eleven: An Invisibility Cloak with an Invisibility Pendant and an Invisibility Belt might be enough invisibility to go unnoticed even by Mephisto.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: The All-Mother is perfectly fine with what Old!Loki is planning, so long as Asgard's future is assured.
  • Villain Ball: During the Original Sin tie-ins in the Tenth Realm, Old!Loki can't help but interfere in his typical trickster ways, and ends up causing the second Heven-Asgard war to be averted by his actions, to his irritation.
  • Villain Episode: The 3rd and 12th issues mostly focus on Old Loki.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: An old Loki staple, although it doesn't come as easily as it used to. Everything he turns into has to be somehow "him" - for instance, he can turn into a woman or a fox, but not shrink down to a fly, since he's not that kind of person.
  • Walking Spoiler:
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Freya after Loki's Calling the Old Man Out:
    Freya: "King Loki." When you came to this time, you promised a golden future for Asgard. Now I find I question the price of gold.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back:
    • The All-Mother want the properly evil Loki back, because this new chaotic one is too unpredictable for their tastes. and they don't know that Teen!Loki isn't Kid!Loki who is and was for all intents and purposes an innocent.
    • The sentiment of Loki's friends towards his new heroic personality, especially Verity's. She gets her wish... things go downhill from there.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Issue 5. As it turns out, Old Loki was actually from the future, showing that no matter how hard he tries to change, Loki will always return to his old ways. Worse is that the All-Mother knew all along, but tried to keep it that way to ensure the future of Asgard. Loki quit being their agent when he finds out.
    • Issue 10. Loki, now unable to lie, comes clean to Thor and Verity about what happened to Kid!Loki. Thor promptly goes berserk, refuses to listen to Loki's apologies and very nearly beats him to death. When he realises that, because of what he said to Kid!Loki, he can't, no matter how much most of him wants to, he drags Loki to Asgard and reveals the truth. Loki is left beaten, bleeding and begging for Thor to come back.
    • Issue 11. Loki is ostracised by all of Asgard, with only Sif, of all people, prepared to consider that he might not be the Loki of old. The All-Mother banishes him (after a blazing row), while Odin both assures him that he is still loved and warns him that he will have to answer for the blood on his hands. Then he ends up in back in his apartment with Verity - only for King Loki to show up and reveal how he manipulated and betrayed the Young Avengers, a crime that was entirely his. Unable to handle all this, Verity makes a break for it - leaving Loki alone with his evil future self.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Verity calls Loki out for withholding information from her in issue 6.
    • And in issue 9 Odin calls Heroic!Loki out on, well, being a self-important, self-righteous, arrogant jackass.
    • Issues 10 and 11 are basically a crescendo of "what the hells". It starts with the truth about Kid Loki being revealed, to the disgust of all Asgard; the only one Loki can actually argue back to is the All Mother. Then King Loki drops by to tell Verity everything he did during Gillen's Young Avengers run, which included letting Mother into our reality and nearly driving Billy to kill himself. After she leaves, King Loki even notes that Loki never questioned how she doesn't seem to have any other friends.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Angels of the Tenth Realm would kill a child. And when Loki brings it up in her rousing speech, they just keep cheering, until it becomes apparent Loki's not endorsing the idea.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Loki. We don't see to what extent but he is at least strictly against child murder. That's a standard he has for everybody else too; if you would kill a child he will not hesitate to kill you.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Thor breaks Gram in issue #10
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Issue #9. The inversion spell ends at the end of the issue. No more heroism, guilt back, unworthy of Mjölnir again, and now he has a story nobody will believe ever. Oh, and he still lost two of his friends and insulted the third. Continues in issues #10 and #11.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Sigurd (the Ever-Glorious) briefly speaks like this when he first shows up. Mercifully, it's just an affectation.
    Sigurd the Ever-Glorious: "Everyone loves the oldie-worldie talk when Thor does it..."
  • You Already Changed The Past: Teen!Loki's efforts to change his past enabled (or at least made it easier for) Old!Loki to make the past the way it was.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Issue #4, Sigurd vs. Loki fencing scene.
  • You Owe Me: Thor is reluctant to go behind the All-Mothers' back on Loki's behalf, and only agrees to help after Loki reminds him of the first issue. As he fulfils his end of the bargain, Thor notes that Loki now owes him.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: All over Loki's face when Mephisto praises him for what happened in Journey into Mystery.